Today we’d like to introduce you to Marisol Pimienta.
Marisol, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve lived in the city of South Gate for most of my life. Ever since I could remember, I’ve been fascinated with cartoons and basically, art in general. I didn’t have many friends as a kid so watching animated cartoons and films were my comfort during the time I was growing up.
We didn’t have cable television so I would watch whatever they would show on local television or what we had on VHS tapes and borrowed DVDs. I’d get to watch those cool cable cartoons whenever I’d go to someone else’s house or the doctor’s office though.
I didn’t always want to be an artist, though. As a kid, my main choices were scientist, detective, or writer and poet. I used to pretend to be a scientist or a detective. I’d write my own short stories and poems and I’d illustrate them too. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up. Eventually as a teenager, I realized that what I always enjoyed doing without a doubt was art.
I still have the drive to write, but my passion for is art much stronger. I have this urge to create and keep creating. While I do draw some fan art once in a while, I feel I have more freedom designing my own characters instead. I love drawing cartoon-like things, but it’s not the only thing I do. I like to experiment with different materials and methods and even different styles. I’ve tried out portraits and still lifes and it certainly feels great to try different things.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a bit difficult. When I was younger, I struggled to like my own art. People would say they liked my art and always wanted to see it, but I’d hide it and say it wasn’t very good. I felt embarrassed and ashamed, especially whenever I would see someone else’s art that I thought was even better than mine. I’ve since learned to like my art more and value it by focusing more on my growth as an artist rather than comparing myself to other people.
I grew up in a low-income family with three other siblings at the time so for most of my early life, pencils and paper were all I could really work with. Our parents couldn’t afford much due to having to pay for bills and having to support four children.
Oil paints and canvases and other pricier art materials were out of the question. We didn’t have a computer or internet in the house until I was in my late teens so although I always wanted to try out digital art when I was younger, it wasn’t quite possible. Instead, I doodled a lot in my school notebooks. It is only now that I can really work with these different mediums. Despite only having limited materials for most of my life, my love for art never waned.
Please tell us more about your art.
I am an artist. I freelance a bit. I’ve recently made new social media accounts to show my art. I have done small commissions for some people that I know and so on. I specialize in traditional and digital art so depending on what the person wants, I can do either. I usually draw cartoon characters but I have also done oil paintings and worked with charcoal and watercolor. I am quite happy right now with my work and what sets me apart from others, I would say it is my art style. I change it up every now and then because I like to try out new ways to design characters.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I can see the art industry flourishing because we live in a digital age and the possibilities are endless. People will continue to create art in both traditional and digital forms. Art will always go through different shifts depending on the events and issues that surround our communities. Artists are usually inspired by what they see out there in the world, so I look forward to whatever is the next trend or innovation in art.
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